The Gardener's Guide to Growing Salvias
The salvia genus is large with over 700 species and hundreds of garden-worthy cultivars. This text presents a comprehensive grower's guide which explores the scope salvias provide for use in the garden. The text includes descriptions of around 150 species which reveal shrubs as dissimilar as S. officinalis and S. microphylla, perennials, ground cover plants and container plants. Salvia has a lengthy history reaching back to earliest man and its herbal, culinary and botanical features are explored fully. Advice on cultivation, propagation and suggested species for particular sites completes the picture.
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A History of Salvias until 1945
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